Museum Society

The Terrace and District Museum Society is an incorporated nonprofit organization that oversees the operations of Heritage Park. The society is managed by a seven-member volunteer Board of Directors, whose biographies are included below.

The Mandate of the Society is: 

  1. to maintain, preserve, operate, and promote the premises, facilities, and archives of Heritage Park as an interpretive site representing the settlement era in the region from 1890 to 1930; and
  2. to establish a dedicated museum and archives and, in so doing, identify, collect, preserve, and display artifacts and documents from time immemorial to the present for Terrace and the surrounding area.

 Margaret-Anne (Maggie) Baxter, President

Maggie Baxter was appointed to the museum board by the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine: she has served as the District’s representative for several consecutive terms. Maggie believes her greatest task on the Heritage Park board is ensuring sufficient priority be given, on an on-going basis, to the museum’s community archives. This important “visual” resource, a collection of historic photographs and documents, is a record of the cultural and commercial history of Terrace. As such, it is imperative these materials be collected and preserved now for others to discover and enjoy.

Maggie was born and raised in Terrace and, except for time spent at University, has always made the city her home. (Maggie’s grandfather, E.T. Kenney, arrived in the Skeena Valley from Nova Scotia-via Saskatchewan-circa 1910. He was later to become a well-known Terrace businessman, school board member and prominent provincial politician.)
Maggie worked for many years at the board office of the Coast Mountains School District.

She has always been interested in the history of the area-and in the stories of its families. She can often be found surrounded by faded newspapers, vintage photographs and other important old treasures. And, as Maggie has said more than once, “Local historical mysteries intrigue me.”

Her travels along “historical trails” have taken her to France, the Netherlands, England, Germany, Belgium, and Scotland (including the Hebrides).

Goals for the Society: Margaret-Anne Baxter wants, in the short term, to secure a location for an archives. In the long term, she wants to secure a downtown museum and to continue the successful operation of Heritage Park. She wants to work with a strong board and to see the museum produce more publications.

Grant D. Piffer, Vice President

Grant Piffer was appointed to the board of Heritage Park by the City of Terrace. For the past eight years, he has served as the museum’s president. During that time, Grant has sought to implement policies that will ensure the continued relevance of Heritage Park and its associated photo/document archives.

Grant was born and raised in Terrace. He studied history (with a biology minor) at Simon Fraser University in suburban Vancouver from 1967 until 1972. Subsequent to that, he worked in broadcast television as a writer-director. Later, and for many years, Grant consulted-through his own company-on advertising, marketing, electioneering and design projects. He was a founding partner of Shames Mountain Ski Corporation and sat on its governing board for twenty-two years. Grant continues today as a cartoonist and writer.

He is keen world sightseer, having travelled to London, Singapore, Seychelles, Fukuoka (Japan), Bombay, Maumere (Indonesia), Las Vegas, Cairo, Macau, Poona (India), Hong Kong, north England, south Vietnam, East Timor and West Malaysia. Grant is currently involved in the ownership and direction of three privately held companies.

Goals for the Society: Grant Piffer wants to implement policies that will ensure the continued relevance of Heritage Park and its associated photo and document archive.

Heimke Haldane, Treasurer

Heimke Haldane was first elected to the board of Heritage Park by the voting members of the Terrace & District Museum Society. She has served several consecutive terms. For Heimke, her time on the board has seen Heritage park through many phases of establishing a downtown museum. Heimke was born near Hannover, Germany and emigrated to Canada in the 1950s. She undertook most other public schooling in Terrace. Later, she studied at the University of British Columbia.

Heimke offers significant experience in non-profit governance: she has served as a director of Pacific Northwest Music Festival, Terrace & District Arts Council and Riverboat Days Society. In addition, she completed a four-year term on the board of the provincial British Columbia Arts Council. Over the years, her commitment to the arts has helped to ensure a vibrant cultural profile for the Skeena Region.

Heimke is an enthusiastic traveller. Her Journeys aboard have included trips to England, Turkey, France, Italy, Spain and-of course- “the Old Country”, Germany.

Goals for the Society: Heimke Haldane wants to see a downtown museum built before she dies.

Linda J. Lee, Director

Linda Lee was elected to the board of Heritage Park by the voting members of the Terrace & District Museum Society.
Her priority on board is to see more connections with Kitsumkalum and Kitselas in terms of projects and partnerships, and more Sm’algyax in the museum’s programming and collections. She wants to work on promoting education, through partnerships with schools and educational institutions, and through the Terrace mutiny website.

Linda was born in Fort William, Ontario-now Thunder Bay- and is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa (Bachelor of Arts) and Queen’s University in Kingston (Bachelor of Education). Linda is passionate about learning: her favorite question is, “why?” Fittingly, she was trained as a physical education/ social studies teacher and taught at Thornhill Junior Secondary School in Thornhill (British Columbia) for thirty years. She is currently a sessional instructor at the University of Northern British Columbia. As well, Linda facilitates workshops in a variety of areas, including health, physical education, social studies and social justice.

Linda is an experienced traveller: she has journeyed to Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Nigeria and Australia, as well as completing a circle tour of China. Her favorite quote is, “Grand adventures await those willing to turn the corner.”

Goals for the Society: Linda Lee wants to see more connections with Kitsumkalum and Kitselas in terms of projects and partnerships, and to incorporate more Sm’algyax and Tsimshian perspectives in the museum’s programming and collections. She wants to work on promoting education, through partnerships with schools and educational institutions, and through the Terrace mutiny website.

Harry Murphy, Director

Originally from Northern Ontario, Harry attended the University of Waterloo graduating in Optometry. After graduation he moved to Terrace where he practiced Optometry for 38 years. Shortly after arriving in Terrace he met his wife to be, Elsa and they have raised 3 children.

While in Terrace, Harry has served on several boards and is currently on the Board of the Prince Rupert Rowing and Yacht club as well as his completing his first year with the Terrace and District Museum Society. He is also has been a volunteer firefighter with the Thornhill Volunteer Fire Department for the past 8 years.

He has always been interested in the history of the area and hopes he can contribute to the work of the museum society.

Ella Goodlad, Director

Ella Goodlad has volunteered at Heritage Park Museum for the last six years with events such as Halloween, Easter, Canada Day, and Senior’s teas. She was also employed as an archivist digitizing photographs and negatives and participated in Heritage Park’s Oral History project. Ella recently completed digitizing the Frank Collection.

Ella has served on various volunteer boards and committees in Terrace in the past and is very enthusiastic about a downtown museum and archives.

Ed Harrison, Secretary

Ed Harrison has lived in the Terrace community for almost 50 years and has grown to be intimately connected with its history. As a beginning social studies teacher at the “brand new” Caledonia Secondary School, Ed Kenney said to him one day, “Lets take the students on the train to the Pacific.” It was this experience of living history which convinced Ed our region held a wealth of both known and hidden history.

Ed has organized local history courses and pioneered a provincial First People’s course, and through these projects has realized how important it is to help preserve some of the near history. While researching a whistle connected to the Centennial Train in 1967, Ed came to the realization many of our local archival material is threatened, and this has renewed his interest and desire to ensure our local materials are safeguarded for future use.